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Women’s playoffs: Penn downs Cornell to reach Ivy League finals

Friday, 3rd May 2013

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/3/13
From Press Release

With the calendar flipped to the postseason, Penn turned to its trademark stifling defense to earn a third trip to the Ivy League Tournament championship game via a 10-5 win over Cornell at Franklin Field.

With the win, Penn advances to the championship game Sunday at noon against Dartmouth, which topped Princeton, 11-10 in double overtime. Earlier this season, Penn scored an 8-7 win over Dartmouth.

The top-seeded Quakers benefitted from 12 Lucy Ferguson saves and eight caused turnovers, thrice holding the Big Red to goalless droughts of over 14 minutes in the game. Ferguson split her saves evenly between the two halves, highlighted by three in succession over a span of 1:51 after the Big Red had taken an early 1-0 lead.

After Cornell opened the scoring, Penn went for the next three goals, opening a 3-1 lead midway through the first half. Meredith Cain scored on a free position 7:13 into the game to tie proceedings at 1-1. Five minutes later, Tory Bensen would give the Quakers a lead they would not relinquish on a low shot following a dodge from behind the net.

Just past the midway point of the first half, Courtney Tomchik scored her only goal of the game on a pretty double dodge from the top of the zone. After faking out her second defender, Tomchik shot on the fly to give Penn a 3-1 lead.

Cornell would answer with a goal at 19:31 of the first half, but Penn would counter with a rapid-fire attack to take control of the game for good. Cain factored in two of those goals, scoring twice in a span of 31 seconds.

The first came after Caroline Bunting ran a pair of Cornell defenders ragged before finding an open Cain with 9:24 left in the first half. Quickly thereafter, Cain came in on the fly and fired for her third of the game. A minute and a half later, Shannon Mangini connected on a free position to send Penn to halftime with a 6-2 lead.

Cornell opened the scoring again in the second half, but the Big Red would then go 17:05 without a goal while Penn struck three times to take a commanding 9-3 lead. Bunting was first to score, bombing in a shot on the run. Mangini scored her second of the game 1:29 later, sneaking out from behind the cage and going up top.

Maddie Poplawski (Springfield-Delco) gave Penn its largest lead of the game after depositing a Cain pass with 13:14 to play.

Cornell attempted to climb back in to the game with a Rachel Moody goal with 8:33 to play, but Mangini stopped that movement in its tracks with her third quick-strike goal of the game 1:15 later off a pass from Catherine Dickinson.

The Quakers were exceptionally clean with the ball, committing just eight turnovers – tied for second-fewest in a game this season.

Ferguson was part of a team effort denying the Big Red on free positions all night long. Cornell had eight free position attempts and failed to score on any of them. Ferguson made six of her 12 saves on Cornell eight-meter offerings.

Dartmouth 11, Princeton 10, 2 OT

For the second time in as many years, Dartmouth will play in the Ivy League Tournament Championship Game. This time it will be thanks in large part to the play of senior Hana Bowers in the semifinal match-up against Princeton at Franklin Field.

Bowers, a 2013 First Team All-Ivy League player, scored a free-position shot with 1:22 left in double overtime that gave her team a victory over the Tigers, sending the third-seeded Big Green to the finals Sunday at noon against the hosts and top seed from Penn.

The final game of the weekend will serve as a rematch from last year’s championship that Dartmouth won, 6-4, over the Quakers. Penn advanced to Sunday’s tilt with a 10-5 victory over Cornell in the second semifinal. In four seasons of Ivy League Tournaments, Penn and Dartmouth have played for the crown three times (2010, 2012, 2013).

The game-winner was Bowers’ fifth of the day and her sixth point after also adding an assist on the first marker of the afternoon.

Alex Bruno led Princeton with three goals and an assist while Ellen Slifer had two goals and three assists.

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